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McDowell completes CSM Board appearance at DA Best Warrior Competition

Posted by timothyhalephoto on October 18, 2010

Timothy L. Hale
Army Reserve Public Affairs

View images from Day 1 Board Appearance

FORT LEE, Va. – Spc. Joshua McDowell, the Army Reserve Soldier of the Year, completed his board appearance this afternoon before a panel of Command Sgts. Majors during day one of the Department of the Army Best Warrior Competition.

While somewhat nervous before entering the board room, McDowell said afterwards that he felt confident during his time in the room.

“It’s nice to get through the first event and start preparing for the rest which I’m sure will be more physical and demanding,” McDowell said.

While McDowell said he felt answered two-thirds of the questions correctly, he said there were some surprises.

“There were a couple that surprised me … but for the most part, though they may have changed them around a little or different from what I’ve heard in the past, I’m familiar with the knowledge.”

It’s early to be tonight as both McDowell and his NCO counterpart, Sgt. David Rider, prepare for tomorrow’s schedule.

An early wake-up awaits the pair as the head out for the Army Physical Fitness Test consisting of timed sit-ups, push-ups and 2-mile run. Then it’s on to the written exam and essay.

The pace will slow down a little tomorrow afternoon when hometown and local-area media will have an opportunity to meet all 24 Warriors (12 NCOs and 12 Soldiers) during a media event.

Check back tomorrow for more updates.

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Sgt. David W. Rider and Spc. Joshua McDowell Named Best Warriors!

Posted by geraldostlund on July 31, 2010

The Army Reserve named Sgt. David W. Rider, B company, 256th Support Hospital, Twinsburg, Ohio and Spc. Joshua McDowell, 7246th Installation Medical Support Unit, Omaha, Nebraska, Best Warriors for 2010. The two were chosen NCO and Soldier of the Year for the Army Reserve after a grueling week-long competition against 28 other competitors.
Sgt. David Rider

Best Warrior, Army Reserve NCO of the Year, Sgt. David W. Rider, B company, 256th Support Hospital. Read Sgt. Rider's biography.

Best Warrior, Army Reserve Soldier of the Year, Spc. Joshua McDowell, 7246th Installation Medical Support Unit

Best Warrior, Army Reserve Soldier of the Year, Spc. Joshua McDowell, 7246th Installation Medical Support Unit

Read Sgt. Rider’s biography. Check out pictures and video of Sgt. Rider on our Flickr page.

Read Spc. McDowell’s biography.  Check out pictures and video of Spc. McDowell on our Flickr page.

The NCO of the Year runner-up is Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Fries, Cornell NCO Academy, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

The Soldier of the Year runner-up is Spc. Robert A. Busch, 979th Engineer Company, Lexington, Kentucky.

Who where the competitors? What were the events in the Best Warrior Competition?

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Could YOU be a Best Warrior?

Posted by paorussell on July 28, 2010

Sgt. Daniel Acree completes the Night/Day Land Navigation event.

Sgt. Daniel Acree completes the Night/Day Land Navigation event.

Reflecting on the knowledge and skill required to compete in an event like this, I figure if I were to train for next year’s Best Warrior competition I might do okay. I could train to max a PT test, or maybe do well on the written essay. But it’s the sum of the knowledge, strength and dexterity required to compete that Best Warriors exemplify, that would (unfortunately) do me in.

Watch the Combatives competition  LIVE from 7:30-10:30 EST at www.dvidshub.net  – click on ‘upcoming live webcasts’

These Warriors are physically fit – marathon runners, martial artists, a triathlete, a four-time college conference pole vaulting champion and an Ultimate Frisbee player. They are also highly educated – among the competitors are a  Russian linguist, an aviation technician, nurse, and a pilot.

 It also doesn’t hurt that many of these elite competitors have seen combat – much of the competition mirrors real-life experiences: Sgt. Fiedler was awarded the Bronze Star; Staff Christopher Bender is Ranger and Drill Sergeant qualified; Spc. Mathew Parks is a combat lifesaver; and Staff Sgt. Eric White, part of a deployed engineer team that found 177 improvised explosive devices, was engaged by the enemy 19 times. Read the rest of this entry »

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Best Warriors Compete to Hone Combat Skills and Honor fellow Soldiers

Posted by areadmorton on July 28, 2010

Command Sgt. Maj. of the U.S. Army Reserve, Michael D. Schultz (Center), visits with Soldiers prior to the warrior tasks portion of the 2010 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition.

We are at war – and have been for almost a decade.  As a nation at war, the Army Reserve has transitioned from a strategic to an operational force, bringing combat ready Soldiers and units to the fight.  The quality, intensity and realism of this year’s competition is a testament to the knowledge and skills Reserve Soldiers bring to the table.

As Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Schultz, the Command Sgt Major of the Army Reserve, visited with this year’s competitors, he emphasized the link between the war fight and the combat readiness of today’s Army Reserve.    Read the rest of this entry »

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Over the Hump – Half way point in the competition and only 28 remain.

Posted by geraldostlund on July 28, 2010

Sgt. 1st Class Martin J. Rodriguez, a military policeman and 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior competitor from Pueblo, Colo., assigned to 1st Battalion, 104th Regiment, gets his feet taped after finishing the land navigation course at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 27, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Army Reserve Public Affairs)

Sgt. 1st Class Martin J. Rodriguez, a military policeman and 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior competitor from Pueblo, Colo., assigned to 1st Battalion, 104th Regiment, gets his feet taped after finishing the land navigation course at Fort McCoy, Wis., July 27, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Burrell, Army Reserve Public Affairs)

It’s Wednesday morning and half of the 2010 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition is completed.  Twenty-eight of the original competitors are pushing themselves to be “the one”.  Already done are the board appearance, the fitness test, written essay, day and night land navigation, and 10K road march (see all the photos and videos on Flickr or DVIDS; follow along on Facebook or Twitter).  Still to come are day and night weapons qualification, two mystery events and a double-elimination Army combatives tournament.

Watch the awards banquet and Best Warrior announcement LIVE Friday night on our webcast from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. CENTRAL time. Click the “Upcoming Live Webcasts” icon on the bottom right. Read the rest of this entry »

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SFC Craig featured on FITNESS Magazine Facebook page

Posted by timothyhalephoto on July 19, 2010

SFC Jacquelyn Craig has been featured on FITNESS Magazine’s Facebook page. Read all the comments here.

http://www.facebook.com/fitnessmag?v=wall&story_fbid=139361082754297

Sergeant First-Class Jacquelyn Craig, a single mother of three is the oldest individual—at 43—and only female involved in the upcoming Army Reserve’s Best Warrior Competition. Beginning this Sunday, Craig will take on 27 men in challenges such as sit-ups, push-ups and a two mile run. What woman has motivated you to live a healthier lifestyle?

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The Field Has Been Set

Posted by timothyhalephoto on July 9, 2010

This year’s Army Reserve Best Warrior candidates come from communities across the United States. They will travel from their hometowns and units from California to New York and 17 states in between.

Their Military Occupational Specialties cover a wide range of jobs. They include:  Career Counselor, Carpenter, Combat Medic, Engineer, Healthcare, Infantry, Illustrator, Journalist, Vehicle Mechanic and Watercraft Operator.

Many of this year’s Warriors also have combat deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq or both.

When they are not wearing the uniform, they are active citizens in their communities providing valuable goods, services and talent to their civilian employers.

“What you have here represents the best 100th of 1 percent of the Army Reserve,” said Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief of the Army Reserve. This year’s 28 Best Warrior candidates are indeed the “Best of the Best” of the 206,000 men and women who comprise America’s Warrior-Citizens.

Best of luck Warriors!

Click here to view this year’s Army Reserve Best Warrior candidates (.pdf)

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Staff Sgt. Crumbacker prepares for the board…

Posted by armypao75 on July 13, 2009

Staff Sgt. Lucas R. Crumbacker,B. Co., 392nd Signal BN, tobyhanna Army Penn.

Staff Sgt. Lucas R. Crumbacker,B. Co., 392nd Signal BN, tobyhanna Army Penn.

Staff Sgt. Lucas Crumbacker, a satellite communications operations chief with Bravo Company, 392nd Signal Battalion, 335th Theater Signal Command.  An Iraq veteran, Crumbacker is a native of Waynesboro, Penn., and was assigned to support the 56th Presidential Inauguration in January 2009.   Crumbacker also was the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for his battalion.

Crumbacker was deployed to Iraq in 2004 –and intends to deploy again.

Crumbacker has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and International Business from The Pennsylvania State University.

Watch Crumbacker on Day One of Best Warrior Competition.

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So, they arrived…and are getting nervous

Posted by geraldostlund on July 13, 2009

Staff Sgt. Francisco Gutierrez, 2008 Army Reserve NCO of the Year

Staff Sgt. Francisco Gutierrez, 2008 Army Reserve NCO of the Year

Walking down the hallway of the Reserve Center after a successful APFT, February of last year 1SG Valerie Sonntag stops me and says “ You are going up for the NCO of the Year next month” . The only thing I knew of NCO and Soldier of the Year is that you went up in front of a board of high ranking NCOs and answered military common knowledge questions. Now sitting here as last year’s USARC NCO of the year, I went through much more than sitting in front of a board.

Yesterday (Sunday, July 12, 2009) the first couple of competitors walked into the Warrior Leaders Course building at FT Mc Coy, Wis. for in-processing to the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC) Best Warrior Competition. These Soldiers come from different parts of the country. Many had a nervous look on their faces as they went through each station, filling out paperwork. As they handed out the training schedule many of the competitors were shocked to see that the Board was the first event. During the previous competitions before USARC BWC the oral board is the last event. Soldiers have more time to study after every event leading to the board. Now it’s the first event.

After in-processing they moved on to equipment issue, where they received a fighting load carrier, rucksack, assault pack, and camelback. The rest of the afternoon they sat in their barracks putting their equipment together, introduced one another, and started studying for the board. Later that evening they moved over to the 88th RSC auditorium to receive their welcome and rules of the BWC by Sergeant Major Young, the overall person in charge of the competition.

After the welcome brief I spoke with some of the competitors. SSG Travis Hill, last year’s only returning competitor, greeted me before they exited the auditorium and said that he was ready for the competition this year. Having an idea of what it was like last year, SSG Hill trained on all his weak events all of last year to prepare him for this year’s BWC. I kept in touch with SSG Hill thru out last year and he asked me for some advice on how to improve on some of the events. This year he is excited to have made it this far again and is anxious to start, knowing that he is prepared to take it this year.

During the next couple of days the competitors will go through tough tasks. Tomorrow will include the Army Physical Fitness Test, Urban War Orienteering Course (day and night). The following days are the 6.2 mile road march, weapons qualification (day and night), Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, Combatives, and the Mystery Event.

Check back throughout the competition. I’ll be bringing it all to you. Curious about an aspect of the competition? Wondering what is going on? Ask me, and I’ll try to answer it.

Frank
Staff Sgt. Frank Gutierrez

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Two final entries bring the total of competitors up to 30

Posted by armypao75 on July 10, 2009

Two Soldiers from 335th Signal Command are on their way to Fort McCoy for Best Warrior Competition. Welcome Staff Sgt. Crumbacker and Pfc. Peiler! 

 

Staff Sgt. Lucas Crumbacker, 335th Theater Signal Command, Waynesboro, Penn.

Staff Sgt. Lucas Crumbacker, 335th Theater Signal Command, Waynesboro, Penn.

Staff Sgt. Lucas Crumbacker, a satellite communications operations chief with Bravo Company, 392nd Signal Battalion, 335th Theater Signal Command.  An Iraq veteran, Crumbacker is a native of Waynesboro, Penn., and was assigned to support the 56th Presidential Inauguration in January 2009.   Crumbacker also was the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for his battalion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pfc. William Peiler, 335th Theater Signal command, Hawaii

Pfc. William Peiler, 335th Theater Signal command, Hawaii

Pfc. Peiler is coming all the way from Hawaii, where he is a power generation equipment repairer with Alpha Company, 98th Expeditionary Signal Battalion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Army Reserve’s Best Warrior Competition begins this Monday, July 13, at Fort McCoy, Wis.  Good luck and HOOAH to the 30 Best Warriors of the Army Reserve!

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